By Syma Chowdhry

EXTON, Pa. (CBS) — Marshall Downes’ morning routine has been interrupted.

“You see what I just did here? I cleaned all that grass and all the trees. You see all those big trees? They break off and the backyard is full of tree limbs.”

Instead of going about his day, he is now spending time cleaning up his yard.

This after a powerful storm swept through the area, knocking down trees and power lines.

Folks who do not have generators are out of luck.

Many homes and businesses in Chester County have been without power since 8 p.m. last night.

A 24-hour Wawa in Exton has been closed since the storm hit.

No lights means no business.

Steve Murray of Exton says, “Flashlights, candles.” That’s what he used to get dressed this morning.

He has no power in his house and came to Wawa looking for a quick bite to eat, but was sadly disappointed.

He is very concerned if the power outage continues through the day, since no power means no air conditioning.

“Until then I’m just trying to stay cool.”

PECO crews were out all night into the early morning, working to restore power.

Other men are waiting for a co-worker, then they are off to start their day. They work for a tree removal company.

Wilfredo Rodriguez says, “We are going to have a lot of work to do because times like this, we get really busy.”

If you are lucky enough not to have been affected by the power outages, this serves as a great reminder to be ready just case. Have flashlights, batteries and anything else you may need should your power be out.

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